Mayo companies recognised as shining lights of the Irish SME sector

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

Mayo-based companies Eachtraí Uisce Teo and Portwest were two of a number of companies acknowledged for their contribution to enterprise and innovation across the island of Ireland. They were awarded Business Ambassador status by InterTradeIreland at a special event held in the Mansion House in Dublin. The event was hosted by the Minister for Jobs, Enterprise, and Innovation, Richard Bruton.

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De Búrca’s Traditional Butcher Shop makes the cut

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

De Búrca’s Traditional Butcher Shop on Main Street, Castlebar, has been announced as one of the regional finalists in the Bank of Ireland Start-up of the Year Awards 2014 in the category of Food and Drink Entrepreneurial Start-up.

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Reduced hospitality VAT rate creates Mayo jobs

Fri, Oct 10, 2014

According to a report published by the Restaurant Association of Ireland, 605 new jobs in the food, tourism, and hospitality sectors have been created in Mayo since the reduced VAT rate of nine per cent was introduced in July 2011. To highlight the scale of job creation, the report compares the number of direct new jobs to a major local employer, revealing that the 605 extra jobs created in Mayo is more than four times the number of people also employed in Mayo at Knock International Airport.

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What are Local Enterprise Offices?

Fri, Oct 03, 2014

Local Enterprise Office is the new name for the county and city enterprise boards, a new national resource, staffed with professional people with business training, to assist budding entrepreneurs and existing businesses in every county in Ireland. LEOs offer an enhanced enterprise support model with emphasis on delivery at local level. The primary objectives of the LEO are (1) To facilitate access to enterprise services, (2) To promote and support enterprise at local level, in particular for micro-enterprises.

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McDonald’s Castlebar re-launches after €350,000 refurbishment

Fri, Oct 03, 2014

An Taoiseach Enda Kenny officially launched McDonald’s Castlebar restaurant last weekend following its extensive €350,000 refurbishment. The 93 seater restaurant, which is situated on the Lower Western Road, employs 75 staff from the local area and is owned and operated by Rhoda and Martin Cramp. The refurbishment work was carried out entirely by local tradespeople, including builders, plumbers, painters, and air conditioning technicians from the Castlebar area.

Speaking at the launch, Taoiseach Kenny said: “I am always very pleased to see a local business investing in upgrading its facilities. This investment is a vote of confidence in McDonald’s Castlebar restaurant and is a welcome signal of the company's commitment to the area. McDonald’s is a significant contributor to the Irish agri-food sector, through its purchasing of Irish beef and dairy produce for use in Ireland and for export. It is also great to see another Mayo-based company, Dawn Meats in Ballyhaunis, from whom McDonald’s sources its beef, benefit from the company’s continued success and growth. I wish the local owner operators, Rhoda and Martin Cramp, and their team every success in the future.”

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Crafty Kiltimagh butcher wins best bangers crown

Fri, Oct 03, 2014

TOP TEAM: The team from Shannons Butchers in Kiltimagh celebrate their national 'Sausage of the Year' win. Photographed in the shop on Aiden Street are Nicola Fahey, who has worked at the shop since 2008, and John and Marion Shannon. Photo: Mike Roache.

A small butcher shop in Kiltimagh is on the pig’s back after winning a top national award for its homemade, spicy, Italian sausages.

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Mayo bloggers finalists in Blog Awards

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Five bloggers from Mayo have reached the final stages of the Blog Awards Ireland 2014. Organisers Lorna Sixsmith and Amanda Webb have described the standard of blogs in this year’s shortlist as ‘extremely high’ with the scoring among the finalists as extremely close.

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Claremorris Open Exhibition up and running

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

The Claremorris Open Exhibition 2014 has been launched and continues until October 4.

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Belmullet Tidy Towns nominated for the Calor Sustainable Community Champion

Fri, Sep 26, 2014

Calor, Ireland’s leading supplier of rural energy solutions, has this week announced the shortlist of nominees for the new Calor Sustainable Community Champion 2014, the search for the most green or sustainable community in the country. Entries were  received entries from every corner of Mayo. Belmullet Tidy Towns has been shortlisted as the Mayo nominee.

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Future Insurance has your insurance needs covered

Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Andrew Maxwell of Future Insurance Claremorris.

Established in 1985, Future Insurance is a wholly Irish owned insurance brokerage providing a competitive range of professional products and service to individuals and companies.

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Search is on for seasonal workers at Argos in Castlebar for Christmas

Fri, Sep 19, 2014

Leading high street retailer Argos is looking for 10 seasonal workers in Castlebar to join existing store teams in the run up to the peak Christmas shopping season. Argos is recruiting 500 seasonal workers in total across the Republic of Ireland for the Christmas period. Extra customer advisors will be joining existing Argos staff to ensure thousands of wish lists are fulfilled in time for the big day. With toys, video games, tablets and phones expected to be popular with customers this year.

As well as in-house training, new team members will receive competitive rates of pay and immediate benefits of 10 per cent staff discount at Argos to help with Christmas shopping. Contracts for the customer advisor roles are for part-time positions until the end of the Christmas period.

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